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Irrigation canal, 1927
NB-39-428

Western Irrigation District fonds

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Series 1Project Manager's diaries. -- 1911-1937
Series 2Diaries of Western Section employees. -- 1910-1939
Series 3Correspondence. -- 1907-1935
Series 4Correspondence and later records. -- 1944-1974
Series 5Land records. -- 1912-1950
Series 6Project Manager's monthly reports. -- 1912-1935
Series 7Telephones and electrical equipment reports. -- 1917, 1926-1936
Series 8Superintendent of Canals and Water-masters' reports. -- 1910- 1944
Series 9Engineering branch inventories and statements of costs. -- 1912--1922, 1940-1941
Series 10Meteorological records. -- 1911-1942
Series 11Financial records. -- 1908-1939
Series 12Plans of irrigation structures. -- 1905-1933
Series 13 Photographs. -- 1911-1939
Series 14Miscellany. -- 1907-1948, 1962-1965

Inventory

Series 1

Project Manager's diaries. -- 1911-1937. -- 15 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of Robert S. Stockton's "log books" as Project Manager for the Western Section of the Canadian Pacific Railway's Irrigation Block. He records his daily activities, including information about his travels, work camps, weather, irrigation structures, and employees. The 1911 volume documents his start with the CPR, and his move to Strathmore, Alberta.

M-2273-9Project Manager's diaries (Robert Stockton). - - 1911-1912
M-2273-10Project Manager's diaries (Robert Stockton). -- 1914-1917
M-2273-11Project Manager's diaries (Robert Stockton). -- 1917-1924
M-2273-12Project Manager's diaries (Robert Stockton). -- 1924-1930
M-2273-13Project Manager's diaries (Robert Stockton). -- 1930-1937
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Series 2

Diaries of Western Section employees. -- 1910-1939. -- 75 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of daily journals of various employees, in which they record their daily activities. Includes the diaries of Ben D. Fessenden, Assistant Canal Superintendent, Strathmore; J.A. French, hydrographer, Strathmore; E. Staves, ditchrider, Langdon; J.H. May, ditchrider, Irricana; John McKay, ditchrider, Strathmore; and miscellaneous journals.

M-2273-14Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1910-1913
M-2273-15Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1914-1915
M-2273-16Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1916-1917
M-2273-17Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1918-1919
M-2273-18Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1920-1921
M-2273-19Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1922-1923
M-2273-20Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1924-1925
M-2273-21Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1926-1927
M-2273-22Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1928-1929
M-2273-23Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1931-1931
M-2273-24Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1932-1933
M-2273-25Assistant Canal Superintendent's diary (Ben D. Fessenden). -- 1934-1935
M-2273-26Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1918-1919
M-2273-27Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1920-1921
M-2273-28Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1922-1923
M-2273-29Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1924-1925
M-2273-30Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1926-1927
M-2273-31Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1928-1929
M-2273-32Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1930-1931
M-2273-33Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1932-1934
M-2273-34Hydrographer's diaries (J.A. French). -- 1935-1936
M-2273-35Langdon ditchrider's diaries (E. Staves). -- 1919-1920
M-2273-36Langdon ditchrider's diaries (E. Staves). -- 1921-1922
M-2273-37Langdon ditchrider's diaries (E. Staves). -- 1923-1924
M-2273-38Langdon ditchrider's diaries (E. Staves). -- 1925-1926
M-2273-39Langdon ditchrider's diaries (E. Staves). -- 1927-1928
M-2273-40Langdon ditchrider's diaries (E. Staves). -- 1929-1930
M-2273-41Langdon ditchrider's diaries (E. Staves). -- 1931-1933
M-2273-42Irricana ditchrider's diaries (J.H. May). -- 1924, 1926
M-2273-43Irricana ditchrider's diaries (J.H. May). -- 1927-1928
M-2273-44Irricana ditchrider's diaries (J.H. May). -- 1930-1932
M-2273-45Strathmore ditchrider's diaries (John McKay). -- 1931-1932
M-2273-46Miscellaneous diaries. -- 1932, 1936 and 1939. -- Unidentified writers.
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Series 3

Correspondence. -- 1907-1935. -- 1 m of textual records. -- The series consists of correspondence primarily about irrigation structures and equipment. The files, which were labelled "Dead Files", had no apparent titles or order.

M-2273-47Correspondence. -- 1923-1931. -- Primarily Robert Stockton's correspondence regarding bridges, including information on structures and material.
M-2273-48Correspondence. -- 1929-1934. -- Regarding bridges and canals; includes correspondence with municipal districts.
M-2273-49Correspondence. -- 1910-1914. -- Regarding bridges over spillway canals.
M-2273-50Correspondence. -- 1915-1925. -- Regarding bridges over spillway coulees.
M-2273-51Correspondence. -- 1925-1934. -- Regarding bridges over spillway coulees.
M-2273-52Correspondence. -- 1922-1933. -- Regarding bankgates and outlet structures on Chestermere and other irrigation projects.
M-2273-53Circular letters. -- 1933-1935. -- Regarding CPR scholarships at McGill University, CPR hotel system, CPR Employees' Suggestion Bureau, and office holidays.
M-2273-54Correspondence. -- 1922-1928. -- Regarding cost of concrete structures including Glenrose canal.
M-2273-55Correspondence. -- 1930. -- Regarding cost of timber on Swastika siphon.
M-2273-56Correspondence. -- 1911-1934. -- Regarding culverts. Including blueprints and correspondence with municipal districts.
M-2273-57Concrete construction in alkali soils. -- 1917- 1928. -- Consists of reports, pamphlets, correspondence and blueprints.
M-2273-58Correspondence. -- 1911-1929. -- Regarding drops on secondary "A" canal.
M-2273-59Correspondence. -- 1912-1929. -- Regarding drops on secondary "B" canal.
M-2273-60Correspondence. -- 1912-1923. -- Regarding drops. Includes blueprints.
M-2273-61Correspondence. -- 1911-1920. -- Regarding district maps. Includes lists of farm units in each district.
M-2273-62Correspondence. -- 1921-1930. -- Regarding changes in ditch location in different districts. Includes plans.
M-2273-63Correspondence. -- 1908-1929. -- Regarding drainage.
M-2273-64Correspondence -- 1911-1934. -- Regarding drag line excavator.
M-2273-65Correspondence. -- 1911-1933. -- Regarding irrigation methods, devices and equipment.
M-2273-66Correspondence. -- 1915-1931. -- Regarding delivery gates on unsold land.
M-2273-67Correspondence. -- 1915-1920. -- Regarding enlargement of ditches.
M-2273-68Correspondence. -- 1918-1920. -- Regarding excavators.
M-2273-69Correspondence. -- 1919-1926. -- Regarding excavators.
M-2273-70Correspondence. -- 1926-1929. -- Regarding excavators.
M-2273-71Correspondence. -- 1930-1935. -- Regarding excavators.
M-2273-72Correspondence. -- 1922. -- Regarding treatment of lumber.
M-2273-73Correspondence. -- 1917-1925. -- Regarding flumes and pipelines.
M-2273-74Gleichen townsite. -- 1910-1935. -- Consists of agreement between CPR and the town of Gleichen; and correspondence with the Salvation Army Eventide Home for men.
M-2273-75Correspondence. -- 1911-1927. -- Regarding gates and locking devices.
M-2273-76Correspondence. -- 1910-1920. -- Regarding headgates and weir in the Bow River.
M-2273-77Correspondence. -- 1920-1935. -- Regarding headgates and weir in the Bow River.
M-2273-78Correspondence. -- 1915-1919. -- Regarding hydrography. Includes daily gauge readings.
M-2273-79Hydrographic records. -- 1911-1929. -- Consists of gauge readings, blueprints, and correspondence.
M-2273-80Correspondence. -- 1911-1930. -- Regarding hydrography, including structures.
M-2273-81Correspondence. -- 1922-1930. -- Consists of report regarding carriage losses.
M-2273-82Insurance and general business. -- 1907- 1926. -- Includes insurance policies.
M-2273-83Insurance correspondence. -- 1926- 1935
M-2273-84Correspondence. -- 1911-1927. -- Regarding irrigation structures such as siphons and drops.
M-2273-85Correspondence. -- 1909-1913. -- Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-86Correspondence. -- 1914-1921. -- Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-87Correspondence. -- 1922-1924. -- Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-88Correspondence. -- 1924-1925. -- Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-89Correspondence. -- 1925-1929. -- Regarding bridges over canals and ditches.
M-2273-90Meteorological records. -- 1912-1922. -- Consists of reports, statistics, and correspondence.
M-2273-91Meteorological records. -- 1922-1935. -- Consists of reports, statistics, and correspondence.
M-2273-92Correspondence. -- 1914. -- Consists of Robert Stockton's correspondence regarding results of irrigation.
M-2273-93Correspondence. -- 1917-1932. -- Regarding structures. Includes plans.
M-2273-94Correspondence. -- 1911-1934. -- Regarding rights-of-way. Includes diagram, and report of spillway channels on secondary canal "A".
M-2273-95Shepard Slough drainage. -- 1907-1931. -- Consists of correspondence with Shepard municipal district. Includes plans.
M-2273-96Drainage of Stobart Lake and Namaka. -- 1907-1914. -- Consists of correspondence and reports.
M-2273-97Drainage of Stobart Slough, Namaka Lake and Eagle Lake. -- 1914-1931. -- Consists of correspondence and reports.
M-2273-98Correspondence. -- 1909-1935. -- Regarding seeds, shrubs and garden supplies.
M-2273-99Correspondence. -- 1914-1924. -- Regarding Hammerhill spillway.
M-2273-100Correspondence. -- 1928-1929. -- Regarding 12 Mile Coulee spillway.
M-2273-101Correspondence. -- 1929-1933. -- Regarding structures.
M-2273-102Correspondence. -- 1908-1931. -- Regarding spillways, including Salt Lake Spillway.
M-2273-103Correspondence. -- 1907-1934. -- Regarding drainage of Weed Lake.
M-2273-104Correspondence. -- 1918-1933. -- Regarding drilling wells for employees' water supply.
M-2273-105Correspondence. -- 1933-1935. -- Regarding game conservation.
M-2273-269Correspondence. -- 1912-1927. -- Regarding cost records.
M-2273-270Correspondence. -- 1912-1932. -- Consists of Robert Stockton's correspondence regarding lands, costs, equipment, etc.
M-2273-271Correspondence. -- 1917-1919. -- Regarding Strathmore School of Agriculture. Includes letter from Duncan Marshall, and newspaper clippings.
M-2273-272Robert S. Stockton, A-D letters. -- 1925- 1926. -- Regarding equipment and irrigation structures, staff salaries, etc.
M-2273-273Robert S. Stockton, E-Z letters. -- 1925- 1926. -- Regarding equipment and irrigation structures, staff salaries, etc.
M-2273-274Correspondence. -- 1912-1917. -- Consists of Robert Stockton's correspondence regarding irrigation structures, personnel, etc.
M-2273-275Correspondence. -- 1925-1926. -- Regarding Strathmore School District. Primarily correspondence with J.W. Cope, secretary- treasurer of the school district.
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Series 4

Correspondence and later records. -- 1944-1974. -- 19 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of records created after the Western Section of the CPR's Irrigation Block was transferred to the resident farmers in 1944. Includes correspondence about the transfer, Strathmore Farm, livestock, and crops (especially potatoes). Includes some annual reports.

M-6678-1Western Irrigation District - Formation. -- 1944. -- Consists of correspondence about, and the agreement between, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Western Irrigation District regarding transfer of land. Includes rough draft of the agreement.
M-6678-2Western Irrigation District - Formation. -- 1944-1947. -- Consists of correspondence regarding the transfer of lands from CPR to Western Irrigation District, and the Imperial Oil Pipeline right-of-way.
M-6678-3Strathmore Farm. -- 1944-1948. -- Consists of correspondence regarding raising, selling, and grading of potatoes and hay.
M-6678-4Strathmore Farm. -- 1949-1950. -- Consists of correspondence and inspection reports regarding potatoes.
M-6678-5Strathmore Farm. -- 1951-1953. -- Consists of correspondence regarding potatoes
M-6678-6Strathmore Farm. -- 1954-1974. -- Consists of correspondence regarding potatoes, Ringrot disease, and land rentals.
M-6678-7Livestock. -- 1944-1951. -- Consists of correspondence regarding cattle sales and purchases for the Strathmore farm.
M-6678-8Livestock. -- 1952-1957. -- Consists of correspondence regarding registration of livestock.
M-6678-9Livestock. -- 1958-1964. -- Consists of correspondence regarding registration of livestock.
M-6678-10Livestock. -- 1965-1974. -- Consists of correspondence and reports regarding registration of livestock and an Aberdeen Angus sale.
M-6678-11Agriculture. -- 1944-1959. -- Consists of correspondence regarding tours of the Western Irrigation District, "mechanical grazing", and amount of irrigable land used for various crops.
M-6678-12Farm operations. -- 1948-1950, 1964-1973. - - Consists of financial statement for WID farms, and receipts for sales of grain.
M-5667 Western Irrigation District annual reports. -- 1944, 1946-1950, 1953, 1955
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Series 5

Land records. -- 1912-1950. -- 32 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of records dealing with land matters, including schedules of water deliveries, correspondence regarding soil classifications, lists of contract lands, land classifications, and leases correspondence.

M-2273-106Schedules of deliveries for districts in the Western Section. -- 1915. -- The schedules give the land location description, cost, and acres gained.
M-2273-107Namaka soil classification. -- 1918- 1922
M-2273-108Strathmore soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-109Cairnhill soil classification. -- 1917- 1919
M-2273-110Gleichen soil classification. -- 1917- 1919
M-2273-111Strangmuir soil classification. -- 1916- 1919
M-2273-112Elwood soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-113Mewasin soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-114Langdon soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-115Strathmead soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-116Carseland soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-117Cluny soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-118Dalroy soil classification. -- 1916- 1919
M-2273-119Inverlake soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-120Cheadle soil classification. -- 1916- 1920
M-2273-121Unsold lands - soil classification. -- 1916- 1919
M-2273-122Crowfoot soil classification. -- 1917- 1919
M-2273-123Glenrose soil classification. -- 1917- 1925
M-2273-124Craigantler soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-125Irricana soil classification. -- 1918- 1925
M-2273-126Rockyford soil classification. -- 1917- 1922
M-2273-127Craigdhu soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-128Swastika soil classification. -- 1917- 1920
M-2273-129Winona soil classification. -- 1916- 1924
M-2273-130Carleton soil classification. -- 1917- 1919
M-2273-131Keoma soil classification. -- 1917- 1919
M-2273-132Crossfield soil classification. -- 1917- 1919
M-2273-133Lists of new farm contract lands. -- 1925. -- Includes locations.
M-2273-134Land classification. -- 1923-1925. -- Consists of correspondence, list showing lands required for proposed diversion of Rosebud River, and list of townsite holdings.
M-2273-vol.10Land classification register. -- n.d. -- Consists of legal descriptions of old and new classification, and total area.
M-2273-135Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. -- 1925-1932
M-2273-136Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. -- 1926
M-2273-137Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. -- 1927-1928
M-2273-138Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. -- 1928-1930
M-2273-139Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. -- 1930-1933
M-2273-140Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. -- 1933-1935
M-2273-141Samples of land sales and contract cancellations. -- 1937-1941
M-2273-142Calgary Gun Club lease. -- 1923- 1944
M-2273-143Gleichen townsite water rights lease. -- 1924-1943
M-2273-144J.A. McCullough - Chestermere Lake lease. -- 1925
M-2273-145G.M. McElroy lease. -- 1926- 1944
M-2273-146Colonel Walker Golf Club lease. -- 1930- 1943
M-2273-147William F. Damen lease. -- 1934- 1944
M-2273-148Concrete Products and Supplies lease. -- 1935-1944
M-2273-149Calgary Yacht Club lease. -- 1938
M-2273-150F.G. Shaver lease. -- 1938-1944
M-2273-151George A. McBean lease. -- 1944
M-2273-152Land classification lists. -- n.d.
M-2273-153Legal papers samples. -- 1912-1950. -- Consists of leases, applications for permission to fill in ditches, transfers of land, and final water agreements.
M-2273-154Land contracts samples. -- Consists of applications to purchase irrigable land, crop payment contracts, and applications to purchase town lots.
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Series 6

Project Manager's monthly reports. -- 1912-1935. -- 27 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of Robert Stockton's monthly reports to A.S. Dawson as Project Manager of the Western Section. The reports include information about state of the irrigation works, canal districts, staff, transportation, buildings, telephone system, meteorology, agriculture, maintenance and renewals, surveys and engineering, and hydrography.

M-2273-155Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1912
M-2273-156Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1913
M-2273-157Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1914
M-2273-158Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1915
M-2273-159Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1916
M-2273-160Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1917
M-2273-161Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1918
M-2273-162Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1919
M-2273-163Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1920
M-2273-164Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1921
M-2273-165Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1922
M-2273-166Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1923
M-2273-167Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1924
M-2273-168Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1925
M-2273-169Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1926
M-2273-170Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1927
M-2273-171Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1928
M-2273-172Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1929
M-2273-173Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1930
M-2273-174Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1931
M-2273-175Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1932
M-2273-176Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1933
M-2273-177Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1934
M-2273-178Project Manager's monthly reports (Robert Stockton). -- 1935
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Series 7

Telephones and electrical equipment reports. -- 1917, 1926-1936. -- 10 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of annual and monthly reports regarding the physical extent of the plant, station service, equipment, construction, maintenance, operations, distribution, and CPR supply farm.

M-2273-179Annual report of telephone system. -- 1917
M-2273-180Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1926
M-2273-181Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1927
M-2273-182Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1928
M-2273-183Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1929
M-2273-184Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1930
M-2273-185Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1931
M-2273-186Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1932
M-2273-187Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1933
M-2273-188Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1934
M-2273-189Monthly and annual reports of telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1935
M-2273-190Telephones and electrical equipment division. -- 1933-1936. -- Consists of monthly report for January 1936, circular letter, and diagrams of Medicine Hat - Calgary trunk telephone circuit.
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Series 8

Superintendent of Canals and Water-masters' reports. -- 1910-1944. -- 1 m of textual records. -- The series consists of monthly and annual reports giving details of operations.

M-2273-191Secondary "A" canal (F.D. McNaughton). - - 1911
M-2273-192Main and secondary "B" canals (G.H. Patrick). -- 1911
M-2273-193Secondary "C" canal (Robert Heard). -- 1911
M-2273-194Secondary "A" canal (F.D. McNaughton). - - 1912
M-2273-195Main and secondary "B" canals (G.H. Patrick). -- 1912
M-2273-196Secondary "C" canal (T.E. Robinson). -- 1912
M-2273-197Secondary "A" canal (F.D. McNaughton). - - 1913
M-2273-198Main and secondary "B" canals (G.H. Patrick). -- 1913
M-2273-199Secondary "C" canal (T.E. Robinson). -- 1913
M-2273-200Secondary "A" canal (E.N. Ridley). -- 1914
M-2273-201Secondary "B" canal (G.H. Patrick). -- 1914
M-2273-202Secondary "C" canal (T.E. Robinson). -- 1914
M-2273-203Secondary "A" and east part of "B" canal (E.N. Ridley). -- 1915
M-2273-204Main and secondary "B" canals (G.H.Patrick). -- 1915
M-2273-205Secondary "B" and "C" canals (T.E. Robinson). -- January-February 1915
M-2273-206Secondary "A" canal (E.N. Ridley). -- 1916
M-2273-207Main canal and seconday "B" and "C" canals (G.H. Patrick). -- 1916
M-2273-208Secondary "A" and part "B" canals (E.N. Ridley). -- 1917
M-2273-209Main and secondary "C" canals (G.H. Patrick). -- 1917
M-2273-210Southern division (E.N. Ridley). -- 1918
M-2273-211Northen division (G.H. Patrick). -- 1918
M-2273-212Southern division (E.N.Ridley). -- 1919
M-2273-213Northern division (G.H. Patrick). -- 1919
M-2273-214Southern division report. -- 1920
M-2273-215Southern division reports. -- 1921
M-2273-216Southern division reports. -- 1922
M-2273-217Southern division reports. -- 1923
M-2273-218Southern division reports. -- 1924
M-2273-219Northern division report. -- 1924
M-2273-220Southern division reports. -- 1925
M-2273-221Southern division reports. -- 1926
M-2273-222Northern division report. -- 1926
M-2273-223Southern division reports. -- 1927
M-2273-224Southern division reports. -- 1928
M-2273-225Southern division reports. -- 1929
M-2273-226Southern division reports. -- 1930
M-2273-227Northern division reports. -- 1930
M-2273-228Southern division reports. -- 1931
M-2273-229Northern division reports. -- 1931
M-2273-230Southern division reports. -- 1932
M-2273-231Northern division reports. -- 1932
M-2273-232Southern division reports. -- 1933
M-2273-233Northern division reports. -- 1933
M-2273-234Southern division reports. -- 1934
M-2273-235Southern division reports. -- 1935
M-2273-236Southern division reports. -- 1936
M-2273-237Southern division reports. -- 1937
M-2273-238Southern division reports. -- 1938
M-2273-239Southern division reports. -- 1939
M-2273-240Southern division reports. -- 1940
M-2273-241Southern division reports. -- 1941
M-2273-242Southern division reports. -- 1942
M-2273-243Southern division reports. -- 1943
M-2273-244Southern division reports. -- 1944
M-2273-245Canal superintendents' miscellaneous reports. -- 1911-1915. -- Consists of record of work done at Cairnhill, cost of farming reports, reports on construction of canal "A"and crop reports.
M-2273-246Water-master's daily record books. -- 1918- 1942. -- Consists of information regarding gauge height. Includes remarks.
M-2273-247CPR engineering branch annual report. -- 1913. -- Consists of information regarding staff, Bull River Dam, description of irrigation blocks, contracts, Lethbridge irrigation section, and statements of expenditure.
M-2273-248Gleichen ditchrider's report (W. Gilbert). - - July 1910. - Regarding canals.
M-2273-249Miscellaneous monthly reports. -- 1919. -- Consists of engineering branch and hydrographer's reports.
M-2273-250Land contracts monthly reports. -- 1924. -- Consists of contracts cancelled and adjustments for western, eastern and Lethbridge districts.
M-2273-251Hydrographer's monthly report - Eastern section. -- February 1924. -- Includes information regarding heat units.
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Series 9

Engineering branch inventories and statements of costs. -- 1912-1922, 1940- 1941. -- 25 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of reports documenting materials and equipment, appropriations and expenditures.

M-2273-252Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1912
M-2273-253Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1913
M-2273-254Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1914
M-2273-255Engineering branch inventory. -- 1915
M-2273-256Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1916
M-2273-257Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1917
M-2273-258Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1918
M-2273-259Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1919
M-2273-260Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1920
M-2273-261Engineering branch inventory and statement of costs. -- 1921-1922
M-2273-262Summaries of appropriations, southern division. -- 1940-1941
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Series 10

Meteorological records. -- 1911-1942. -- 6 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of weather information regarding the amount of rain, and snow, etc.

M-2273-263Meteorological registers, Strathmore. -- 1914-1928
M-2273-264Meteorological registers, Strathmore. -- 1929-1942
M-2273-265Miscellaneous meteorological papers. -- 1915-1941. -- Consists of information and charts regarding weather in the Western Section.
M-2273-266Meteorological charts, statistics, graphs. -- 1911-1920. -- Includes a survey and comparison of the three prairie provinces, and a graph regarding weather and crop production.
M-2273-267Meteorological pamphlets. -- Regarding rain gauge, and measuring and recording rain and snow.
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Series 11

Financial records. -- 1908-1939. -- 36 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of freight accounts, rent books for properties, salaries records, and general account books.

M-2273-vol.1Freight accounts. -- 1913-1920. -- Includes descriptions, cost, date shipped and received, where used, etc.
M-2273-vol.2Freight accounts. -- 1920-1927. -- Includes descriptions, cost, date shipped and received, where used, etc.
M-2273-vol.3Cash book. -- 1925-1939
M-2273-vol.4CPR Engineering branch - Electric light and power statements. -- 1927-1929. -- Consists of information on consumption rate, amount and remarks.
M-2273-vol.5Rent book. -- 1929-1932. -- Consists of house rent roll, private garage rent roll, clubhouse room rent, electric light and power deductions, telephone tolls deduction, stock purchase deductions, and doctor deductions.
M-2273-vol.6Rent book. -- 1933-1936. -- Consists of house rent roll, private garage rent roll, clubhouse room rent, electric light and power deductions, telephone tolls deduction, stock purchase deductions, and doctor deductions.
M-2273-vol.7Record of salaries and other expenses. -- n.d.
M-2273-vol.8Record of salaries and other expenses. -- n.d.
M-2273-vol.9Account book. -- 1908-1909. -- Includes names, irrigation district, and costs.
M-2273-vol.12Account book. -- 1917-1918
M-2273-vol.13Account book. -- 1919-1920
M-2273-vol.14Account book. -- 1920-1923
M-2273-vol.15Account book. -- 1920-1921
M-2273-vol.16Account book. -- 1921-1922
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Series 12

Plans, specifications and contracts for irrigation structures. -- 1905-1933. -- 80 plans. -- 2 cm of textual records. -- The series consists of plans for houses, barns and other buildings, irrigation structures, and irrigation-related tools. Includes some specifications and contracts.

M-2273-os1Houses and barns. -- 1911-1923. -- 18 architectural plans. -- Consists of plans of the Superintendent's house, Strathmore; office, barn and cottage at headquarters, Strathmore; ready-made farm houses; water-masters quarters and barn; and additions to the Strathmore garage.
M-2273-os2Ditchriders buildings, water tanks and camp cook car. -- 1910-1925. -- 14 architectural plans. -- Consists of plans for ditchriders houses, barns and outhouse (1910-1925); plans for water tanks (1913); and plans for a camp cook car (1921).
M-2273-os3Irrigation structures - Flumes, weirs and truss bridge. -- 1912-1931. -- 11 plans
M-2273-os4Irrigation structures - Drops. -- 1905-1933. - - 13 plans
M-2273-os5Irrigation structures - Gates. -- 1910-1926. - - 20 plans
M-2273-302Irrigation tools. -- 1916. -- 4 plans. -- Consists of plans of a corrugator, plank leveller, Sunnyside furrow ditcher, and standard gauge rod.
M-2273-276CPR buildings. -- 1911-1924. -- Consists of bills of materials, specifications of work to be done, and agreements with contractors related to buildings such as ditchriders' houses.
M-2273-277CPR engineering branch building contracts. -- 1923
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Series 13

Photographs. -- [ca. 1910], 1911-1939. -- 637 photographs. -- The series consists of extensive photographs of the development of irrigation in the Western Section, a promotional album, and views of the construction of the Bassano Dam.

NB-39 Western Section irrigation development. -- 1911- 1939. -- 609 negatives. -- Consists of views of irrigation structures, headquarters, Strathmore demonstration farm, canals, bridges, crops, livestock, and equipment related to the irrigation project.

These images have been scanned and are available on Glenbow's website. To view all 609 photographs now, in date order, click here.

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Western Irrigation District

in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box to limit your findings to WID images, then refine your search by entering search terms in the other boxes on the screen. Several examples are given below:

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    Namaka

    in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of irrigation around Namaka, Alberta.
  • Enter

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    in the 'Photographer/Illustrator' box AND

    flumes

    in the 'Keywords/Phrase' box to find photographs of irrigation structures.
  • Enter

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    1920 : 1925

    in the 'Year(s)' box to find photographs taken from 1920 to 1925.
PD-43-vol.1 "Views in the Irrigation Block, Bow River Valley, Southern Alberta, Canada". -- [ca. 1910]. -- 1 album : 24 photographs. -- Consists of a promotional album with photographs of Calgary, the demonstration farm at Strathmore, canals, crops grown under irrigation (apples, vegetables, rye, barley, wheat), and livestock (cattle, horses, sheep).
PB-213 Construction of Bassano Dam. -- [ca. 1909- 1913]. -- 4 photographs (very large)
NOTE Call numbers PD 197, PA-1209, and NA-2179 are copies of the images in NB-39.
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Series 14

Miscellany. -- 1907-1948, 1962-1965. -- 38 cm of textual records. -- The series contains a short history of the Western Section, miscellaneous correspondence, reports, mailing lists, discharge tables, inventories of equipment and supplies, maps, posters, sample forms, a scrapbook, and newspaper clippings. The records deal primarily with irrigation in the Western Section.

M-6678-14 "History of the Western Irrigation District up to 1922" by Robert S. Stockton. -- [ca. 1923]. -- The history includes maps and photographs. A photocopy is available in M 6335.
M-2273-268Babcock vs CPR. -- 1910-1914. -- Consists of correspondence, crop census reports, requests for water delivery, water delivery records, and extracts from ditchrider's reports related to this case.
M-2273-278Stobart Lake drain report. -- 1914. -- Includes statistics.
M-2273-279Western Section - Convention report. -- 1916. -- Regarding relations with farmers. Includes addresses and speeches.
M-2273-280Miscellaneous speeches and reports. -- 1916-1948. -- Regarding Winona district, Fort Peck dam, growing registered and certified seed grain, colonizing new irrigation projects, post-war development of Alberta's water resources.
M-2273-281Lists of farm contracts and water deliveries. -- 1912
M-2273-282Mailing lists of farmers and landowners. -- 1915-1932
M-2273-283Mailing lists of resident farmers, northern division. -- 1923
M-2273-284List of permanent employees, western section. -- 1926-1929
M-2273-285Hydrographic surveys, rating tables and graphs. -- 1914-1921
M-2273-286Discharge tables. -- 1921
M-2273-287Discharge tables. -- 1921-1922
M-2273-288Discharge tables. -- 1926-1938
M-2273-289Discharge tables. -- 1934-1937
M-2273-290Instructions to foremen, eastern section. -- 1923. -- Consists of instructions related to setting up camp, work production, health, etc.
M-2273-291Engineering branch report. -- 1931. -- Consists of specifications for making and placing Portland cement concrete.
M-2273-292Questionnaire. -- 1942. -- Regarding the value of irrigation to the farmers of the Bow Valley municipal district.
M-2273-293B. Russell memorandum. -- 1943. -- Regarding water development projects within the PFRA boundaries in Alberta.
M-2273-294Record of main structures on secondary "A" canal and district, southern division. -- n.d.
M-2273-295Chestermere Lake. -- 1962-1965. -- Consists of correspondence, and lists of land owners and lots rented.
M-2273-296CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Calgary. -- 1910. -- Consists of cost records of all supplies and equipment.
M-2273-297CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Strathmore. -- 1911. -- Consists of cost records of all equipment and supplies of the Operation and Maintenance Branch.
M-2273-298CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Strathmore. -- 1915. -- Consists of cost records of all equipment and supplies of the Operation and Maintenance Branch.
M-2273-299CPR Irrigation Department car expenses. -- 1917. -- Includes list of parts and costs.
M-2273-300CPR Irrigation Department inventory, Strathmore. -- 1923. -- Consists of a record of material and supplies on hand.
M-2273-300aSchedules of an agreement between CPR and Province of Alberta. -- 1910
M-2273-301Maps and chart. -- 1907-1943. -- Consists of maps of irrigation districts with canals and ditches (1908); irrigable and non-irrigable land (1907); Huntley drainage system project, Montana; map of distribution of water in the Lethbridge section; map of Taber, Raymond and Magrath irrigation districts; and chart of main "A" canal at Ogden.
M-6678-13 Maps of Strathmore Farm. -- 1925-1942. -- Primarily photocopies. Includes plan of orchard plots.
M-2273-303Samples of CPR employee transportation passes. -- 1916-1929
M-2273-304Samples of requests to deliver or stop delivery of water. -- 1924-1940
M-2273-305Samples of gauge-reading cards. -- 1938- 1940
M-2273-306Samples of employee service and time reports. -- 1948
M-2273-307Sample forms of various agreements. -- 1919 and n.d. -- Includes interim water agreement, final water agreement, and permit for erection of bridge.
M-2273-308Samples of applications for canning sugar. - - 1943
M-2273-309Circulars from R.S. Stockton. -- 1911. -- Consists of circular to water users, and circular regarding duties of employees.
M-2273-310Circulars from R.S. Stockton. -- 1912-1914. -- Consists of circular regarding the 1914 alfalfa campaign, and circular to employees.
M-2273-311Broadsides and broadsheets. -- n.d. -- Regarding irrigation equipment.
M-2273-312Posters and pamphlet. -- 1947. -- Regarding irrigation and wheat, Alberta Percheron Club, and instructions to ditchriders.
M-2273-313Newspaper clippings. -- 1936-1944. -- Consists of clippings about the Lethbridge Northern report, and professional engineers.
M-2273-vol.11Irrigation scrapbook. -- 1914-1920. -- Consists of scrapbook of maps, charts, and statistics. Includes a table of contents.
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